The 6 Best Setting Sprays for Oily Skin

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If your makeup tends to fade easily (or, um, melt off of your face) and your forehead almost always looks like you have a spotlight on it, you probably have oily skin. The good news: Oily skin types tend to show fewer fine lines and generally age slower than drier skin types. As for the pesky shine? A good setting spray can definitely help.

Used as a finishing step in your routine, a setting spray will create an invisible barrier to prevent your makeup from sliding or smudging off, giving you longer wear time and a less greasy visage.

Sounds good, right? Let’s find one that works for you. Ahead we’ve rounded up six of the best setting sprays for oily skin at different price points and ingredient preferences.

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1. NYX Matte Finish Setting Spray

Best Budget

If you’re the type of person who needs to carry blotting sheets with you at all times, you’ll want a setting spray that’s specifically formulated to keep excess shine at bay, like this one from NYX. The Internet darling is a constant bestseller (fun fact: it was the number one setting spray in America, according to last year’s Nielsen report) because of the way it locks in makeup and leaves your skin with the perfect matte finish for hours. As one reviewer shares, “This stuff sets my face all day—even in Texas humidity. [It’s] less than $10, but actually does what it says.”

Buy it ($9)

2. Urban Decay All Nighter Long-Lasting Makeup Setting Spray

Cult Classic

Described as a must-have for any makeup lover, this weightless setting spray has won many awards (and over 10,000 glowing reviews) for its unparalleled ability to absorb oil and lock your look in place for hours. For an even application, make sure to hold the bottle eight to 10 inches away and spray it on in an “X” and “T” motion across and down your face. (For the especially oily, use it before and after applying makeup.) One fan calls this her “favorite setting spray” because “no matter what the weather turns out to be, it keeps my makeup glowing and beautiful” even when she’s at work “waiting on tables outside in South Florida.”

Buy it ($33)

3. COOLA Organic Makeup Setting Spray SPF 30

Best Setting Spray with Sunscreen

If you want to tamp down shine and ramp up sun protection, we’d recommend this cooling spray. Made with 70%+ certified organic ingredients like aloe vera and algae extract, it sets your makeup while providing your skin with a boost of hydration and sun protection whenever you need it. The light green tea scent is refreshing, and the lightweight formula doesn’t feel heavy no matter how many times you reapply the spray throughout the day. “I always apply sunscreen before putting on makeup in the morning but was looking for a way to reapply sunscreen later on in the day without ruining my makeup. I've used other sunscreen sprays that leave my face oily. [I’m] so glad I took a leap of faith and tried this. [It] goes on nice, not shiny, and smells good. Also, having acne prone skin, [I’m] happy it didn't break me out,” shared one reviewer.

Buy it ($36)

4. Rimmel Stay Matte Primer and Stay Matte Setting Spray

Best Multitasker

Another fan favorite, this multitasking spray can be used as a primer and a finishing spray so your makeup not only goes on smoother but stays on longer as well. Either way, your foundation (and concealer and eyeshadow and anything else you apply) will stay fresh on your face and not all over the insides of your face mask. Tip: Spray a little of this onto your eyeshadow brush before application to get more intense pigmentation and prevent any smudging as the shadow wears. “I even wear it without makeup when I'm just chilling at home for the day to control that pesky sebum production,” says one reviewer. Another fan who has “always struggled with oily skin and ruined makeup” says she feels “so much more confident” when she uses the spray because she knows she “won't be shiny within a half hour of applying [her] makeup.”

Buy it ($6)

5. Volition Beauty Oil-Control Mattifying Mist

Best Clean Formula

Created by an on-the-go mom who needed a product that could take her from the gym to the office to a night out, this mattifying face mist absorbs excess oil from the surface of your skin without over-drying it. This can be attributed the natural humectants and amino acids in the formula, which support a healthy pH balance and deliver a boost of moisture, so your skin is better balanced. (A friendly reminder here that oily skin needs moisture, too.) “My face looks like it belongs in a mechanic’s shop two hours after leaving the house, but this was a G A M E C H A N G E R. A few spritzes of this and BAM back to matte babe,” raves one reviewer. Another recommends using this over a loose setting powder for extra mileage because the spray “melts powder into the skin, giving you a flawless smooth finish.”

Buy it ($29)

6. Benefit Cosmetics The POREfessional: Super Setter Pore-Minimizing Setting Spray

Best for Large Pores

A new kid on the block, having just launched at the end of last year, this setting spray shows much promise for those who are concerned with the appearance of their pores. The water-based formula sprays on in a super fine mist (read: no messy water droplets) and features pore-blurring powders that softly scatter light and visibly reduce shine for a natural-looking finish. Those with sensitive skin will also appreciate that it’s alcohol-free, since alcohol can be irritating for some. “It really does minimize my large pores. It feels so fresh when its drying down and since the mist is so fine it doesn't take long to dry. It did a great job on controlling [the oil on] my T-zone,” says one reviewer.

Buy it ($32)

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